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mitsueki Travels | 8D7N Japan June 2014 – Day 6 (Part 2)

So the last time I left off the post was when I mentioned that we had just checked into our new hotel, Hotel Sunroute Plaza Tokyo after 6 days of staying at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku. If you are interested – you can read my review of the previous hotel and the new one in my previous posts below.

You can read all my previous posts on my Japan trip here:

How to get to Tokyo Disneyland?

For your reference once again, this is the map of the Tokyo Disneyland/Disneysea area at Maihama. For us we were staying at Sunroute Plaza Tokyo, the first hotel *green (next to Tokyo Disneyland Hotel (yellow).

Getting to Tokyo Disneyland is very simple from here if you stay at Sunroute Plaza Tokyo because all hotel guests get to hop on a free shuttle bus that can bring you to Tokyo Disneyland Station. You can approach the concierge to ask when the shuttle bus would be arriving but in general, it is probably about a 15 – 20 minutes wait.

Alternatively, you can also make your way on foot to Tokyo Disneyland – and that takes about 15 minutes as well.

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This pink bus is the one that would bring us to the station as pictured below! It’s just a normal shuttle bus though nothing special but pretty comfy!

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It was a really short ride and along the way, we got to see Tokyo Disney Resort! It is absolutely gorgeous and super ultra expensive! Really looks a fairytale place –  wished I had the chance to stay in it >_<

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In case you were wondering, this is the Disney Resort Cruiser! They only travel on certain routes, and you can check their routes HERE if you are interested.

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It is a short walk to Tokyo Disneyland from Tokyo Disneyland Station and yes boo, it was practically drizzling the whole time we were there T__T

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Buy Tickets to Disneyland/Disneysea!

You can easily obtain your tickets to Disneyland from the ticket counter below. Note that the queue is pretty insane in the early morning (we were there close to 12pm!) so it is actually better if you can obtain your tickets earlier so you don’t have to waste additional time queuing – unless you arrive late like us!

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One of the perks of staying in a official Disney Hotel is that you get to beat the queue and purchase tickets directly from the hotel instead. At the same time, this also means that you are guaranteed entry into the park EVEN during periods of restricted admission and peak visiting days.

We bought the 2 day passport for all of us priced at 11,000 yen each (S$125) which gave us access to either 1 of the parks on both days. For today, we were going to Tokyo Disneyland and tomorrow – Tokyo Disneysea!

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Yes it’s raining and seriously no one cares because – it’s Disneyland!

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Welcome to Tokyo Disneyland!

Tokyo Disneyland is a theme park based on the films produced by Walt Disney. It was opened in 1983 as the first Disney theme park outside of the United States. Modeled after Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland is made up of seven themed lands and features seasonal decorations and parades. – Japan-Guide

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You seriously have to take an obligatory photo here at the entrance of the World Bazzar. Think all Disneylands have this exactly photo spot because I recall taking a photo as well at the Disneyland in Anaheim, California a few years back!

Keke, and yes, I wore accordingly to the Disney theme! Wearing black, white and red = Mickey Mouse colors!

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And yes, it’s Easter themed hence the rabbits and eggs!

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For your reference below, the full map of Tokyo Disneyland is as follows. As you can tell, it is split into 7 areas – World Bazaar / Adventureland / Westernland / Critter Country / Fantasy land / Toontown / Tomorrowland! It is a really big park so a full day might not be enough to cover the whole place! We did manage to cover the main areas but we had to skip quite a number of rides that day ><

Disney FastPass

For many theme parks, you can cut the queue by paying a premium price but not at Disneyland. In case you didn’t know, there is this function called the Disney FastPass.

This is a system that lets you minimize the amount of time waiting in line at certain attractions by assigning you a specific time to enter the attraction.To receive a FASTPASS ticket, just go to the FASTPASS ticketing machines near the entrance of the FASTPASS attraction you want to ride and hold your Passport ticket under the reader. Then return during the time period printed on the FASTPASS ticket and enjoy the attraction without the wait. – Disneyland

And if you were wondering how to use the FastPass?


STEP 1

Check the FASTPASS and Standby wait times at the attraction entrance.


STEP 2

Hold your Passport ticket under the reader of the FASTPASS ticketing machine and receive a FASTPASS ticket with the designated time period printed on it.


STEP 3

Until the designated period starts, you can use your time effectively at other attractions, shops, or restaurants.

STEP 4

Once the designated period starts, return to the attraction and enter through the FASTPASS entrance.

Do note that not all attractions have a FastPass card, it is only for the popular attractions!

In general, most people rush to the popular ones first to get their card and they wait out for their timing. And you CANNOT get more than 1 FastPass each time and each person can only get 1 Fastpass per ticket. So for example if I have the Big Thunder Mountain FastPass already, I cannot head over to Space Mountain to get my FastPass for it. Instead, you have to wait for the timing to be up (written on your FastPass) before you can do so. Mm, yes – there is a possibility that you CANNOT get your hands on a FastPass because all the timings have been taken up already. Yepp, first come first served.

In general, the FastPass is like getting into the priority queue. However, that doesn’t mean that there is no waiting time. It’s just a shorter one, lol. So usually popular attractions that has a 60 – 90 minute waiting time = 20 – 30 minutes waiting time with the FastPass privilege(:

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World Bazzar

The first place that everyone will go will be the World Bazzar because you have to go through it to get to the other lands.

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Essentially it’s a covered shopping street full of souvenir shops and restaurants. You can also catch some character appearances here as well!

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It’s the perfect place to get your hands on a Disney souvenir. My outfit was super matchy with my Minnie ears so obviously I immediately bought it!

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Loads of caps and other deco around the souvenir shops so feel free to try them out!

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I bought the Goofy headband for the bf and I think it suits him!

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Bf doesn’t seem to like it though HAHAHA!

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Lunch at Restaurant Hokusai

We wanted to get a proper meal before entering the park and our restaurant choice was Restaurant Hokusai, a Japanese restaurant! Mainly also because we were hungry (and lazy) to look at other restaurants around the other areas.

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While waiting for our food, the goofy headband was being passed amongst the guys and guess what?! I think it suits them too HAHAHA!

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Most of us had the set menu (Tempura Set / Chilled Pork Udon Set / Japanese Mochi Pork Cutlet Set / Sirloin Steak Ju) where the price range was between 1520 – 2300 yen (S$17-26) each. Price was a little on the expensive side but the quality of food was pretty decent for a restaurant in a theme park!

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Our tummies filled, we were off to explore the rest of the World Bazzar! And we also had the opportunity to spot a few characters such as Cinderella, Donald Duck and Tigger amongst others! It was really difficult to get a photo op with them as they were always swamped with people – especially Donald Duck T_T

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And this is the gorgeous sight that greeted us upon exiting the World Bazaar – the famed Cinderella castle in all Disneylands worldwide!

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And the statue of Walt Disney and Mickey of course! ^^

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Didn’t really notice my Minnie ears were dropping that time but ah well, obligatory shot once again!

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Ducky! Yes, ducks were everywhere at Tokyo Disneyland!

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Snacks at Tokyo Disneyland

Just to share, you will NEVER go hungry at Tokyo Disneyland because of the variety of snack booths scattered all around and that should pretty much ward the hunger pangs away so that you can play more! Of course, there are other restaurants in each land as well – but really, try the snacks there!

Mickey shaped churros ^^

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YOU HAVE TO GET THE POPCORN! There are like idk, loads of flavored popcorn booths EVERYWHERE in Disneyland and they vary from land to land. I don’t recall specifically where each popcorn stand is at – just explore!

MUST TRY: CURRY POPCORN!

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Other flavors I spotted include cream melon soda popcorn, caramel, honey, strawberry and so many more!

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You can opt to have it in a paper carton or top up for a unique popcorn holder design. Again not that each land may offer a different popcorn box. For example – the Minnie mouse ribbon popcorn container was located at the Fantasyland while the other containers were located at other stores all around. Erm, and 1 wasn’t enough T__T I bought the Minnie Mouse Ribbon and the Duffy one the next day HAHAHA! The bf’s sister got like 3 of them~

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And turkey legs were of course, everywhere in all theme parks. The ones in Japan are smaller than the ones in the States and even in Singapore – wonder why? Yummy though(:

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Keke, and Mickey Mouse ice cream!

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#butfirstletmetakeaselfie

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Other than the ones I’ve featured above, there are actually many many more! So just walk around and explore!(:

Tokyo Disneyland – Photo Spam

And from here, I am just going to spam all the photos that I took at Tokyo Disneyland for the day as there is just too much to cover! Suffice to say – we walked in a clockwise direction and covered all the lands; but we didn’t get to sit on most of the rides though. It would be nicer if we had more time here but well, guess this definitely warrants another visit in the future.

Okay, spam time begins below – with additional comments in between!(:

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Adventureland

Must sit ride – Pirates of the Caribbean! It is one of the LONGEST rides (15 minutes) and pretty awesome(:

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Another lazy ride is the Western River Railroad (also 15 mins)!

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Westernland

MUST SIT ride: big Thunder Mountain (FastPass) – go queue up to get the fastpass ya?!

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The Tom Sawyer Island Rafts seems pretty interesting too(:

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You can try your hand at Westernland Shootin’ Gallery, quite fun but you have to pay!

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Daytime Parade: Disneyland Parade – “Happiness Is Here” at 3PM!

At Tokyo Disneyland, there are only 2 parades held here daily – 1 during the day at 3pm and 1 at night at 7.30pm. The Daytime Parade is called Happiness is Here while the Nighttime parade is Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights. It is a pretty awesome experience if you can catch it, but if you can’t don’t worry too much about! 😛

For the most updated schedule, please refer HERE!

So yepp, along the way to Critter Country, we spotted the huge crowd below and were wondering what the fuss was all about!

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Spotted a glimpse and we knew the parade was on!

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Ran towards to start of the parade area to watch! Yes, this is the Disneyland Daytime Parade – “Happiness Is Here”! We were there during Easter so they had a special Easter themed version with rabbits and eggs and all that! It was such a happy parade and will definitely put a smile on everyone’s face!

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Attempted failed selfie with my Mickey Mouse ice cream HAHAHA!

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Critter Country

We skipped Critter Country because there wasn’t much there except for Splash Mountain & Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes. No sir, nobody wanted to get wet there!

But if you are up for a wet ride – take the SPLASH MOUNTAIN ride! FastPass available here so grab it if you want it!

I wanted to try the Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes  where you have to row your own canoes but no one else seemed interested so we gave it a pass 🙁 Next time then!

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Fantasy Land

Fantasy Land was the next stop and there were plenty of rides here including Peter Pan’s Flight / Snow White’s Adventures / Pinocchio’s Daring Adventure / It’s a Small World / Haunted Mansion / Pooh’s Hunny Hunt amongst many others!

Most of the rides are kiddy rides suitable for all ages (including the elders) where you just sit for the entire duration of the ride. Queues are not very long either except for the more popular ones.

Personally, I recommend Peter Pan’s Flight and Haunted Mansion (FastPass). I have not tried Pooh’s Hunny Hunt (FastPass) because we utilized our FastPast for another attraction; and the queue for the Hunnt Hunt was pretty insane! Would have loved to try it though because it is highly recommended!

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For the die-hard fairy tale lovers, you can head over to Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall inside the castle as well!

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There is also a 3D film attraction called Mickey’s PhilharMagic too if you are interested to check it out(:

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The FastPass was available for The Haunted Mansion but the queue wasn’t as long compared to others (30mins that day) so we decided to just queue. It’s also a pretty long ride (15 mins) and one of my childhood favourites(:

Just to share – this was not my first trip to Tokyo Disneyland though it feels like it. I’ve been here about 3 times when I was younger and The Haunted Mansion ride that I took left a deep impression on me (in a good way) so this was a ride that I really enjoyed. It did change up a bit but for the better hehe. Not scary at all by the way!

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On the carousel with my new Minnie Mouse bow popcorn bag!

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Refuse to queue for the Pooh’s Hunny Hunt or gave up? Then just head to Pooh Corner’s souvenir shops instead hehe!

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Winnie is SOOO cute! And super fluffyy!!

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Toontown

Toontown was the next stop where most of the Disney characters homes are at! By then, legs were aching and we just sat there for quite awhile. Nothing much here for adults or teens except for some photo opportunities though the younger kids will love checking out Minnie’s House / Chip N Dale’s Treehouse / Donald’s Boat / Goofy’s Paint n Play House / Toon Park / Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey!

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Mm, I guess if you like, you can sit the Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, a pretty decent ride.

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Apparently there was a Gadget’s Go Coaster (mini coaster) that I think that I would loved to try out but I missed it out XD

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Tomorrowland

The last land we explored was Tomorrowland! The more exciting rides are here I think but we didn’t have much time left as the park was closing in a few hours..

Recommended Rides here are Space Mountain (FastPass) / Monsters Inc Ride & Go Seek (FastPass) / Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters which we didn’t take as the queues were pretty bad and they ran out of FastPasses already!

So we took the Starjet just for the fun of it!

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Made it just in time for the next item on the list – oh yeah, it’s Disney’s nighttime parade!

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Nighttime Parade: Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights 2014 – 7.30PM

This is the second parade that Tokyo Disneyland has on a daily basis (subject to weather conditions), and you can check the updated schedule HERE!

It is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle of lighted parades with all your favourite Disney characters, really really pretty – don’t miss this one out!

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Ended off our trip with the last ride at Grand Circuit Raceway because there was barely a queue! Park was closing in like 15 minutes HAHAHA! But actually we didn’t have to worry about the park closing time because it never closes on time <____<

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Everyone was waiting for the finale – where the fireworks would begin but it never did come. Think it was because of the bad wind conditions ><

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Grabbed this photo off the Disney site – it would be wonderful to watch the fireworks display!

Byebye Disneyland!

Saying good bye to the land of smiles and fun! BYE! I’ll be back in Disneyland soon (doesn’t have to be in Tokyo :X)

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Dinner at Coffee House “California” at Sunroute Plaza Tokyo!

It was pretty late when we reached back to our hotel and the only food option left for us at this time was at the coffee house, Califonia which was open until 12AM. Plus we had some vouchers to use .. so why not?

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It was a Japanese style buffet meal and we just had something light as it was pretty late, like at 10PM and I didn’t want to eat till too full so I shared with the bf ><

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End of the Day!

And well, ending off Day 6 with some cooling leg/foot patches as they were ACHING like mad! We bought them from the grocery store called First Shop within the hotel.

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And did some quick research on the next Disney adventure we were going to embark on the next day – DISNEYSEA using my trusty Lenovo Yoga 8 (kindly sponsored by Lenovo!)!

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 Stay tuned for that and thanks for reading!(:

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